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Sail (The School for Adaptive & Integrative Learning) at Ferncliff Manor is an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of people with developmental disabilities, their families and the community utilizing research-based, adaptive and integrative strategies. Services provided include educational, rehabilitative, specialized residential, health care, creative arts therapies and recreation programs. The mission of our organization is to enable each individual to learn, develop and enjoy a meaningful and personally rewarding life.

Our Students Receive Close Personal Attention, Structure and Stimulation in a Safe Environment That Fosters Growth and Development!


Sail (The School for Adaptive & Integrative Learning) at Ferncliff Manor provides a full range of high quality educational, therapeutic and health care services to children with developmental disabilities offering close personal attention, structure and stimulation in a safe, secure environment that fosters growth and development. We believe that the combination of professional expertise, teamwork, concentrated effort, and nurturing care is the key to success with each child.

Utilizing a family-centered approach to designing and implementing the child’s program, we recognize the primacy of the family-child unit and regard our role as supportive in nature. Parents and family members play a central role in the educational and therapeutic effort and are assisted in the process of exercising their right of self-determination. An ongoing exchange of ideas and information between staff and family serves to preserve and enrich the family unit.


A Valentine Love Story with a Tradition of Excellence into the 21st Century

Founded in New Rochelle, NY in 1935 by Margaret Brady, RN.  Ferncliff Manor was one of the first private schools to specialize in the care and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Upon its opening Margaret Brady had no way of knowing that through Ferncliff Manor she would meet her future husband and start a tradition of excellence that has continued for more than 70 years.  It all began with a chance meeting.   Bill Saich was sent to inspect her residence and school on Valentine’s Day.  It wasn’t long after that first meeting that he returned, not to inspect the school, but to take Miss Brady out on a date.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Each Valentine’s Day, Bill Saich sent his wife a dozen long-stemmed red roses to commemorate their anniversary.
Margaret Brady Saich’s legacy continues through her son William Saich, Jr. and his wife Patricia who have operated the school since the summer of 1972.

Over the years, Ferncliff Manor’s mission has remained constant in providing an individualized program of superior services and nurturing care that will enable each of our students to achieve an optimum level of independence and self-esteem. This commitment to our students has kept us at the forefront of innovation, assuring them of the most current technological advances and in seeking the most appropriate strategies to meet their needs. With over 70 years of solid experience, Ferncliff Manor offers a truly unique environment and a dynamic rehabilitative effort.


Reaching New Heights in the Twenty-first Century!


Our legacy began in 1935 with one home and the vision of a caring nurse, Margaret Brady Saich, who wanted to make a difference by providing a residential school for individuals with developmental disabilities.


Thirty-seven years later, Margaret Saich’s son, Bill and his wife, Pat Saich have worked diligently to enhance the residential school to meet the many challenges of a growing population of children who require adaptive and integrative learning. They have hired professionals who can provide highly specialized treatment and care. Their goal is to continue to strive for excellence.

Future Development

Ferncliff Manor, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that conducts fundraising activities committed to supporting program enhancements for the students at Sail (The School for Adaptive and Integrative Learning) at Ferncliff Manor.

Our plans are to build a new residential campus consisting of individual modern houses and a brand new school building because our facility is very old. It will have the necessary upgrades that will enhance the lives of the students who live here.

We will continue to seek the involvement of our neighbors by inviting community-based programs to bring their expertise to our children and to utilize a variety of off-site recreational programs and resources that provide our children with a sense of community.

Dedicated to Serving Children Who Require Adaptive Teaching Strategies, Customized Services, Highly Specialized Treatment and Care in Order To Learn.


Sail (The School for Adaptive and Integrative Learning) at Ferncliff Manor admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan p
rograms, and athletic and other school-administered programs.”



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